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Kyle Long replaces Mike Iupati in Pro Bowl


The 49ers put a lot of players on the Pro Bowl team.  But there may not be many gold helmets in Honolulu.

With guard Mike Iupati suffering a broken leg on Sunday at Seattle, he’s out.  And rookie Kyle Long is in.

A first-round pick in 2013, Long started all 16 games for the Bears.  He’s the first Chicago offensive lineman to make it since the team’s Super Bowl season of 2006

.Long will join four teammates in Hawii:  running back Matt Forté, receiver Alshon Jeffrey, cornerback Tim Jennings, and receiver Brandon Marshall.

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28 Responses to “Kyle Long replaces Mike Iupati in Pro Bowl”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 20, 2014 8:45 PM

    Good choice and a nice haul for the Bears. Although we should’ve been in the playoffs.

  2. mantastic54 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:48 PM

    I think the bears have more offensive pro bowlers this year than they’ve had in the last ten years combined

  3. staffordsbigoljohnson says: Jan 20, 2014 8:54 PM

    I’m glad to see another NFC North member in the probowl, however, if any rooking guard deserved to be in the pro bowl this year it was Larry Warford of the Lions, he was arguably a top 5 guard in the NFL

  4. rbell2123 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:57 PM

    Maybe it is time for pro bowl to go when below average players get sent like Long. Warford from Detroit was way better. WOW What a messed up system.

  5. 63deuceman says: Jan 20, 2014 9:04 PM

    Larry Warford gets snubbed again.

  6. usethybrainchild says: Jan 20, 2014 9:06 PM

    Kyle Long had a better 16 games than Josh Sitton?

  7. flionlion says: Jan 20, 2014 9:08 PM

    Long already getting probowls because of his name…..pathetic and embarrassing.

    Warford didn’t give up a sack all season and all I remember from Long was when Suh walked him right right into Cutler for a 10 yard sack.

    Hard to believe the probowl could lose even more credibility.

  8. gooolions says: Jan 20, 2014 9:16 PM

    Even Bears fans know this is a huge snub to Warford. It would be like Burleson getting in over Jeffery

  9. larryboodry says: Jan 20, 2014 9:32 PM

    Don’t expect this post to stay, but all you bitter Lions fans annoy me.

    Lions vs. the Bears head-to-head: 2-0
    Bears final record: 8-8, 2nd. in NFC North
    Lions final record: 7-9, 3rd. in NFC North
    Jay Cutler>Matthew Stafford
    M. Bennett>whoever

    Detroit had a better defense and hardly any injuries, and still choked down the stretch…So did we, but y’all should have ran away with the division.

  10. johngault10 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:34 PM

    Congrats to Kyle. Sorry to Larry. Have to say that because it’s true…

  11. flionlion says: Jan 20, 2014 9:41 PM

    Warford > Long

    That’s all we’re discussing here.

  12. hurricanegrabowski says: Jan 20, 2014 9:42 PM

    The comments on here simply illustrate what all NFL fans already know, that Lions fans are exceedingly bitter and fantastically ignorant.

  13. larryboodry says: Jan 20, 2014 9:43 PM

    Long only allowed 1.75 sacks all year, Warford none…Had Warford gone to Hawaii instead of Long, you’d have no argument from me.

  14. rextraordinaire says: Jan 20, 2014 10:22 PM

    From the way Lions fans have been talking about Larry Warford all year, you’d think he single-handledly raised the city of Detroit from the 7th circle of hell, and created hundred of thousands of jobs in the process.

    Long had a great rookie year. Warford’s was even better. But Long makes the Pro Bowl because thats how the Pro Bowl rolls. We all though last year’s was lame and promised not to watch it this year but we’ll watch it anyway because that’s the way it has always been.

  15. bassplucker says: Jan 20, 2014 10:28 PM

    Vindication for Bears GM Phil Emery who was crucified inside and outside Chicago for taking him in the 1st round last spring.

    Warford was arguably the better rookie OG this year — and I say that as Bears fan — but Long’s upside is through the roof and with Aaron Kromer’s coaching and continued good health I see him making multiple Pro Bowl appearances in the future. On the 1st ballot.

  16. aklionpride says: Jan 20, 2014 10:29 PM

    Once again, Goodall’s football makes me sick to my stomach. Long is in the NFL because of his last name.

    Larry Warford should be the replacement. In fact, any guard not on the Bears would be a better replacement.

  17. suhnation2011 says: Jan 20, 2014 10:47 PM

    Suh’s blocking dummy makes the Pro Bowl.

  18. metalhead65 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:00 PM

    not bad a rookie year for a guy who was suppose to be a reach and wasted pick by the bears. keep crying bitter lions fans,your team pulled of one of the greatest chokes in NFL history. the bears entire defense was on the IR and the cheeseheads were without Rodgers which means you should have run away with the division. instead the same old lions showed up and imploded much like the city of detroit itself.

  19. suhmonster90 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:19 PM

    Not bitter about Warford vs Long. It’s the Pro Bowl. Being a 3 time pro-bowler doesn’t have the same ring it used to because of how many players sitting out and the horrible selection process.

    In fact I stopped in 2011 when Stafford went 41/13 with 5000 yards and wasn’t even the alternate. Meaningless award.

  20. holmania85 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:32 PM

    Lions will get snubbed because we were the only team in the NFC North to get players voted to all pro teams… I know the vikings had Patterson on special teams but i’m talking full time positions (offence/defence). So guys who put up solid seasons like Warford and Levy will get snubbed to “level the playing ground” in an attempt to keep the game itself, diverse. Its a shame because these actions turn the pro bowl into a game shaped around crowd control instead of the awards based game its supposed to be, in reference to a player’s demonstrated ability to being elite at their given position during the season.

  21. redstar504 says: Jan 21, 2014 12:03 AM

    I don’t blame the 49ers/Pats at all for missing hurt or just not feeling like not playing.

    You get knocked out on Sunday and you have to be right back in it. Hawaii on Tuesday for draft and events. Sure, Hawaii is probably in the top 3-5 places one would want to go to decompress after your dream of going to the Super Bowl comes to an abrupt end.

    I am sure lounging on a beach and drinking $10 drinks can do the trick and dull the pain but problem is your there to play, practice and participate in a daily reminder that you failed your mission.

    Honestly, the NFL needs to make the game less about the fans and more about the players like it was. I consider myself in that 5-10% of NFL fans that are total diehards. I have had Saints season tickets my whole life, only missed a couple of games during the Katrina season, I make road trips once a year or so, read PFT 100 million times a day and watch as many games as humanly possibly (saints games of course are DVR’ed and watched a 2nd time). All that said I NEVER WATCH THE PRO-BOWL. Sure I may flip to it now and again and even if I have it on I am usually working on my house/cooking etc., the game is simply background noise.

    The NFL needs to make this about the guys that risk injury to keep us entertained. Please, put this thing back where it belongs two weeks after the season (and keep the off week between the championships and Super Bowl). It gives the players time to decompress. It let’s everyone play and the guys that play if they want to half step it and play hard touch football that’s fine too. THE GAME SHOULD BE ABOUT THE PLAYERS NOT THE FANS.

    The pro-bowl needs to be a reward for THEM not US. Say more like a trade convention and less like a football game. Look at it as a reward for a player that had a great year. Sure these guys are paid well and they can reward themselves but being rewarded by ones peers is so much more rewarding. The Pro-Bowl should be fun, make it like hall of fame weekend. Give guys conference jackets, have award shows and then play the game .

    Fans will tune in no matter what even if it isn’t interesting and even if it’s simply background noise. More will watch this year because of this draft gimmick but why worry about more gimmicks just let the players make of the week as they want to. Heck, you could even let the players host shows on NFLN during the week about things they like outside of the sport. Let the players have a week and give the fans a chance to perhaps see another side of these guys, get to know them better as men not just the guy inside of a uniform.

  22. chicagosports2014 says: Jan 21, 2014 12:12 AM

    Wow, are offensive line has came along ways.. Congrad, Kyle!

  23. theboondoggles says: Jan 21, 2014 12:40 AM

    What’s the Pro Bowl?

  24. trumb1mj says: Jan 21, 2014 8:06 AM

    So a Bears fan above is celebrating losing to the Lions twice AND having a lower draft pick than the Lions?

    The Bears could have drafted Kyle Long with their 2nd pick and taken a LB in the first round–Emery still screwed that up even with Long looking like he might work out. The Lions used a 3rd rounder for Warford and he’s a better player.

  25. larryboodry says: Jan 21, 2014 10:51 AM

    trumb1mj says: Jan 21, 2014 8:06 AM

    “So a Bears fan above is celebrating losing to the Lions twice AND having a lower draft pick than the Lions?”

    I am not celebrating anything, since my team failed to make the playoffs. And only someone with a loser mentality would ever say “Ha, ha, we got a lower draft pick than you.” As for those two losses to Detroit, they hurt us way more than they helped you, but my point was that even after beating us twice you still had a worse record in the end.

    “The Bears could have drafted Kyle Long with their 2nd pick and taken a LB in the first round–Emery still screwed that up even with Long looking like he might work out.”

    Long would have probably been drafted by the Packers late in the first round had the Bears not taken him when they did. Emery did fine.

    “The Lions used a 3rd rounder for Warford and he’s a better player.”

    Long and Warford both had excellent rookie seasons, so there’s no point debating their talent. I’m sure if the teams were reversed, you’d be happy with Long as well.

    And hey, getting back to the draft pick issue, I hope you pick first every year, if that will make you happy.

  26. chicagosports2014 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:23 AM

    lil brother just chill out, it ain’t good to hate on BIG BRO like that.

  27. dcredz says: Jan 21, 2014 11:53 PM

    Ripping the city’s economic situation is inappropriate. These are the livelihoods of humans, you classless filth. Just like Marshall, you Chicago fans are disgusting scumbags.

  28. larryboodry says: Jan 22, 2014 10:05 AM

    dcredz says: Jan 21, 2014 11:53 PM

    “Ripping the city’s economic situation is inappropriate. These are the livelihoods of humans, you classless filth. Just like Marshall, you Chicago fans are disgusting scumbags.”

    Feel better now, all safe and anonymous behind your keyboard? I sure hope so.

    As a Bears fan I have nothing against the city of Detroit itself, or the people who live there, and I would never take cheap shots at anybody for where they live.

    That said, to classify all Bears fans as disgusting scumbags over inappropriate comments not all of us make shows you (not all Detroit fans) to be a classless, bitter human being regardless of where you’re from.

    Have a nice day, if you know how.

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